uniq code
full stack web developer • e-commerce specialist • linux sysadmin


My name's Ben Wheeler, and I am Uniq Code. I've been programming computers since the early 1980s (I was six years old). I built my first website in 1994. I have a degree in Software Engineering, and over 20 years' experience in the industry.

I'm a full stack web developer: I do everything from front (HTML, CSS, JavaScript/jQuery, Bootstrap) to back (PHP, Perl, MySQL), and Linux system administration too. As well as writing loads of bespoke code over the years, I've done a lot of work on WordPress, and many e-commerce packages, including WooCommerce, Shopify, PrestaShop, OpenCart and OSCommerce.

I set up Uniq Code in 2011 to undertake freelance and contract work. I only take on 1-2 jobs at a time, which means I can offer you a far more personal and tailored service than a large consultancy could. If your needs are unique, you need Uniq Code!

When I started in the industry, there wasn't much prior art on the web - we had to write almost everything from scratch. That isn't the case anymore: now there's a wealth of resources out there, from simple templates to advanced frameworks to full-blown applications, but it's of very variable quality - and it's only the starting point.

Efficient and cost-effective development requires the knowledge to be able to choose the best starting materials, and to adapt and integrate them to meet the specific requirements. There is no substitute for wide-ranging experience, and having cut your teeth as a programmer in the days before there was a Stack Overflow to copy and paste from.

Because I'm not wedded to any particular system, I can recommend the solution that's best for each individual case. One size does not fit all.